The best way to get started is to take our Indoor Climbing 101 class. This class requires no previous experience, to schedule a class email Carrie. The Climbing 101 class is $29 and it includes your lesson, equipment, climbing for the day and a one week trial membership. Anyone 14 years or older can take this class.
Parents of kids 2-13 can take the Climbing 101 class to learn to belay their children. This is a great way to introduce kids to climbing.
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Types of Climbing
Top Roped Climbing
The majority of the climbing that takes place at Vertical Adventures is top roped climbing. In top roped climbing the climber is tied to a rope which passes through an anchor at the top of the wall and back down to the belayer or spotter. As the climber moves up the wall the belayer pulls the rope through the belay device and holds the climber if they fall. The belayer also is responsible for lowering the climber back to the ground when the climber is finished. Anyone 14 or older can learn how to belay.
Bouldering is another kind of climbing that one can do at Vertical Adventures. In bouldering the climber does not tie into a safety rope. Instead the climbing is done very low to the ground on walls with large pads underneath them. Bouldering is generally a more advanced kind of climbing, but it is also a great way to work on strength and climbing technique. Because there is no rope and spotter involved it is also a way to get in a "workout" when you don't have a climbing partner.
Leading is the most advanced form of climbing at Vertical Adventures. A lead climber starts with their rope disconnected from all anchors, as they climb up the belayer gives them slack so that they may clip the rope into anchors set along the wall. Climbers at Vertical Adventures must pass a test before they are allowed to lead climb. Vertical Adventures also offers lessons on both leading and belaying.
Adults and kids 14 years old and older can take the safety class and learn to hold the ropes for each other (or their parents.)
Parents of kids ages 2 - 13 can take the intro class and hold the ropes for their kids. This is a great way to introduce kids to climbing. One adult can generally supervise up to 3 kids. They just need to take turns.
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